Phillip G. Coop is the co-founder and Chairman of Memphis, Tennessee based EnSafe Inc., one of the nation’s largest environmental and safety consulting firms. The original founders, Phil Coop, Wendell Knight, and James Speakman were motivated by their strong desire to pursue careers (then unavailable in the commercial sector) that intersected business, science and public policy related to environmental protection and safety. EnSafe manages environmental and safety risk issues for companies throughout the United States from 15 offices nationwide. The Company also performs projects worldwide. EnSafe was founded in 1980 in Memphis, grew rapidly, and by 1994 was listed by INC Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the country. EnSafe continues to succeed and grow from the original founders’ ethics and vision and is managed by senior staff who have been with the firm for 20-25 years.
Mr. Coop leads the Company’s scientific and compliance consulting practices, with a specialty in the management of environmental risks. He is a frequent lecturer on environmental risk, disaster response, and hazardous substance management.
Mr. Coop is well known in Tennessee as an advocate for good environmental practices in the context of overall business and economic management and speaks frequently on the importance of a stable, scientifically sound regulatory system that encourages both environmental protection and economic expansion.
He was the 2004 recipient of the University of Memphis’ Herff Award for distinguished service to engineering and currently serves as Chairman of The Webb School Board of Trustees. Coop was inducted into The Webb School’s Distinguished Alumni Society in 2007. Mr. Coop is co-chairman of the Mid South Environmental Forum and is a charter member of the Hazardous Materials Control Institute. He serves on the board of Ballet Memphis. He has served on the Memphis-Shelby County Air Quality Board and the board of advisors for the Memphis Chamber of Commerce, and director and treasurer for the Tennessee Brownfields Association. He is a proud member of The Memphis Group – business leaders in support of St. Jude Hospital.
Mr. Coop is a native of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, where his family has resided for many generations. He received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1970. He is married to Memphis artist, and former Federal Express Director, Kay Coop.
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